If Irish People Were To Celebrate Mardis Gras
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If Irish People Were To Celebrate Mardis Gras

Cíara Spain By Cíara Spain - February 13, 2018

Mardis Gras takes place today across the world - the same day as Pancake Tuesday for those of us who don't know.

The words Mardis Gras are French for 'Fat Tuesday' as people gorge on as much fatty foods as possible before Ash Wednesday, the beginning of lent - meaning Mardis Gras is basically a last hurrah for fodder and drinks.

The event is celebrated around the world, but we're kind of slow on the uptake as we prefer our pancakes... but if Irish people were to celebrate pancake day, what would happen?

1. Public Holiday


We don't have enough of them sure. If we're going to celebrate we need an entire day. How would you even think about going to work on Mardis Gras?

2. A Day Off

Rest is important and in the event of a wild Mardis Gras we'd need the day off after our day off just in case. Preparation is key.

3. Colour Scheme

Everything will become purple, gold and green. We mean, we love any excuse to paint everything green but we'll allow the purple and gold in too - just for the day that's in it. They'll stay up for a full week too because even council workers need the day off after Mardis Gras.

4. King's Cake

So, it's said that King's Cake is eaten. A traditionally purple, green and gold cake with a trinket baby Jesus inside. Whoever gets the baby Jesus will have good luck all year... The cake will be traditionally known as 'Mickey D Cake' in Ireland. And it probably won't be eaten, just poked at until your mother forks out Jesus and declares 'luck'.


5. Parades

We'll have parades - a big national one in the capital too. And everyone will sit in the pub and watch it on the TV just like St. Patricks Day. No need to break with tradition.

6. Complain

We'll all go home and complain that Mardis Gras was 'a load of sh***' and you won't be going near it next year... until next year...

7. Nostalgia

As your second day off begins you'll reminisce on yesterday's happenings and remember Mardis Gras in all it's glory. Videos such as this will also be a norm...


What were you even doing?

Cíara Spain

Online Content Editor with Nova.ie, keeping you up to date with all things news, sport and entertainment.

When I'm not at my desk you'll find me hiding behind a lens, a book or attending GAA games across the country. If not, I'll be busy complaining about the weather!

Also – I’m a festival lover, so when the summers out I spend most of my time nestled in the sweaty trench of any concert hall that will let me in the doors...

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